RE: Diversity on the Python sprint in September

Oct. 4, 2016, 7:19 p.m. (updated: Oct. 4, 2016, 8:25 p.m.)

As an organizer, I feel compelled to respond to the accusations about this event not being diverse enough.

The Python community prides itself as being very inclusive and careful about biases and -isms. I feel amazing when coming to a Python conference and seeing it is not a men's locker room party. Women are speakers, women contribute to open source projects, the conference attendance suggests they feel welcome and comfortable as part of this community.

Guido himself announced he is actively seeking to add female core contributors. This is not a dry wish. Raymond Hettinger is tutoring two promising ladies to become active contributors as we speak. Both were invited to join us during the sprint. One could not come, one did. During that time she fixed an issue and contributed to one accepted PEP!

Why did we even have a separate sprint?

As you can see, this was an exclusive event by design. The bar chosen by me was literally sorting contributors via the number of commits they made over the past year and inviting the Top 20. This meant that many well known contributors didn't even get the invite this time. The point being: we want Python 3.6 to be the best release ever. If you were already spending your personal time and effort towards that goal, we will help you do that by organizing an in-person meetup.

Did we succeed? All numbers say YES. Would we like for the active contributor population to be more diverse? OF COURSE. Are we doing something to change this? Again, YES. I am very happy to be part of a community that keeps an eye on the diversity efforts 24/7. Let's just make sure we assume good will by default. If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to reach out.

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